To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
 

22:1 why hast thou forsaken me. Psalm 22 is an amazing prophetic description of the future crucifixion of God’s Son. This psalm was written a thousand years before its fulfillment and described in graphic detail the sufferings of Christ on the cross, long before the method of crucifixion was known and practiced among the Jews and Romans. It opens with the central of the “seven words” from the suffering Savior: ”Why?” (Matthew 27:46). The other “seven words” are located in order: Luke 23:34; 23:43; John 19:26,27; John 19:28,30; and Luke 23:46.

22:1 my roaring. Christ was not physically “roaring” (or “groaning,” as many modern versions incorrectly translate this word). The “roaring,” like that of David (Psalm 32:3) when convicted of his great sin, was in His very bones, as a result of His bearing in His body the sin of the whole world as God’s great sacrifice (John 1:29).


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